I'm finally at the point where I can submit a packet for WOFT. It's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember! Unfortunately, up until last week I was not a US citizen, so no recruiter could help me out. It was a multi year process, but finally done.
Over the years I've been doing everything I can to make my packet attractive, and for the most part I think I've done a pretty good job, but there is always room for improvement.
What Im really looking for is someone who can help me polish things up. I'd be happy to do the same in return and share my experiences throughout the process. In that spirit, Ive added information that Ive found helpful at the end of the post to help out
Keeping with tradition, here are my "forum stats"
GT: 114 (Not sure if retake is required, from prior Navy Enlistment)
SIFT: 60-70 (Only practice tests)
Flight Time: Approx. 550
Pilot Ratings:Helicopter (Commercial)
Multi Engine fixed wing (Commercial w/Instrument)
Single Engine fixed wing (Private)
Education:Approx. 60 credits
Physical:Maintained 1st Class (civilian) since 2007- I have no doubt
medical will pass Within AR 600-9 Table B-1 standards
Military:4 years Navy E-4, 2 deployments (DD 988 USS Thorn, Assault Craft Unit 4)
Military Decorations/Awards:Flag Letter of Commendation
National Defense Service Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2)
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS)
Military EVALS: All favorable with great recommendations
Military Discharge: Honorable (R1)
Military Clearances: Secret (Expired, but eligible)
Professional Certificates: Private Security Consultant -License # 00370026(Applies to all below)
Private Security Company Manager
Electronic Access Control
Private Investigator (Unaffiliated)
Community Involvement: Director, Chamber of Commerce
I know that I require an age waiver (turned 34 in April) but from what I have read I believe it will get approved. The only reason I waited this long was that my citizenship process took years, which made me ineligible to apply eariler.
I also put my time to good use (IMO) during the wait. While waiting for my citizenship I obtained commercial ratings for both fixed wing and helicopter, built leadership and management skills (at one point responsible for 70+ employees), served the community by volunteering, and staying in what I consider the best shape Ive been in since the Navy.
With the exception of SIFT, a photo, my LORs (didn't pursue since they expire quickly) and the medical, I have all the other documents ready and am in the process of transferring them to the required format.
Id love to hear form anyone who is currently in the process of applying, or has applied in the past couple of years and is willing to give some advice, share experiences, proof read, or anything else that might be helpful.
Im also very willing to share my experiences, both in aviation in general, or specific to WOFT with anyone whos hit a road bock. Ive been actively working on this for a long time, so I might be able to help someone else not make the same mistakes I've made
Here are some of the resources I used in my journey:
All links were checked prior to posting and work as of today. I am purposely linking to pages and not files (or uploading files directly) as I want to make sure I dont step on toes in the forum.
The biggest asset was the US Army WO Recruiting site:
Main Site http://www.usarec.ar...ant/index.shtml
Core Requirements http://www.usarec.ar...cant_info.shtml
Eligibility and Warrant Officer Brief: http://www.usarec.ar...igibility.shtml
The link to the brief fin in part 1
Board Schedule http://www.usarec.ar...dschedule.shtml
Download page http://www.usarec.ar...oad_forms.shtml
The download page has pretty much everything you need to fill out for your packet. The most helpful to me were the "Warrent Officer Sample Packet" and the "Common Application Errors" pdf
The FAQ page answered so many of my questions (as well as lots of the ones people posted in the forum. Also, they are very clear that this should be your first stop before asking their team.
Speaking of team, here is the contact lists page. Ive also broken down the POCs below. Make sure you follow these guidelines. We are essentially applying for a very professional position, and not following their guidelines might be taken as unprofessional.
Formatting is from source.
Please follow these guidelines in the order they are listed:
- Review this entire site as it contains answers and guidance to most questions or concerns.
- Read the FAQs.
- Refer to our briefing schedule page to identify which recruiter to contact about a particular briefing.
- Contact a specific recruiter in your region via email.
- Contact a specific recruiter in your region telephonically.
- Contact a recruiter outside of your region via email.
- Contact a recruiter outside of your region telephonically.
POC Page (In-Serivice) http://www.usarec.ar...ninfo_faq.shtml
Here are the recruiters by Region:
North Eastern Region:
(CT, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT, WV, DC, Central/South America)
CW4 Gause (Located on Ft. Bragg) Cell: 785-215-7602
SFC Arendt (Located on Ft. Bragg) Cell: 910-261-6397
National Capital Region:
(DC, DE, MD, and Northern VA)
CW2 Lawson (Located on Joint Base Meyer - Henderson Hall) Cell: 202-689-9188
Southern Region and Europe:
(AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia)
CW3 Williams (Located on Ft. Benning) Cell: 706-313-1231
SSG James Shapiro (Located on Ft. Benning) Cell: 254-548-5531
(AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI)
CW4 Sanchez (Located on Ft. Campbell) Cell: 931-250-2159
(AZ, CA, NV, NM, UT, TX)
CW3 Perez(Located on Ft. Hood) Cell: 254-733-2326
Western Region and Pacific:
(AK, CO, HI, ID, MT, OR, UT, WY, Pacific)
CW4 London(Located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord) Cell : 808-371-9691
SSG Jon P. McCoy (Located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord) Cell: 253-888-1933
Point of Contact for Street to Seat for All Applicants:
SFC Perry is the WOFT POC at USAREC Fort Knox SFC Perry, Jimmy C.
HQ USAREC G-3, Special Programs and Boards SORB (A) Operations Liaison Team
Go Army Current and Prior Service Applicants https://www.goarmy.c...t-officers.html
Current and Proposed WO Briefings http://www.usarec.ar...fingsched.shtml
Military Flight Tests https://militaryflig....com/sift-test/
This page provides some sample tests, as well as their recommendations on study guides.
More Practice Tests: https://www.triviumt...-practice-test/
I know the URL has SIFT in it, but this page gives you a chance to work on all the sections individually. No need to redo 100 simple shape questions..
About the Training Process: http://www.rucker.ar...omers/students/
I found this page very helpful because it lists all the courses you must complete and lists additional requirements. For instance, I didnt know applicants needed to pass (survive) SERE school.
Another forum: http://community.arm...rm/f/7681093521
Not to take anything away from this forum, but there is some helpful info on that site as well
I also have the following PDFs which I can upload if approved:
SIFT Prep 1
SIFT Prep 2
WOFT Packet QC SOP Guide (USAREC Special Programs and Boards WOFT Packet Submission)- MUST READ! Contains Board Score Sheets
Warrant Office Flight Training Pathways Brief
Warrant Officer Application Checklist
Application for Appointment
Sample Application and Guide
Common Application Mistakes
Warrant Officer Resume
Letter of Recommendation Template
Application for Active Duty
Moral Waiver Template
Age Waiver Template
Tattoo Exception to Policy Request
Statement of Understanding
Military Flight Aptitude Tests Information
AFPT Standards AR 600-9
Well, that about does it As I come across more information, Ill post it here.
My Questions to you:
1) Does anyone have experience with an age waiver?
2) Anyone prior service gone through the process, and did you need to retake the ASVAB?
3) Anyone have a local recruiter they would recommend in either the San Antonio Texas area, or the Washington DC area?
4) Anyone willing to proofread/give advice on my packet?
5) Anyone know of an active duty CW pilot that would be willing to meet and give an LOR, after an interview?
6) Anyone have any resources that have helped you through the process?
7) Anyone want to share and good/bad/indifferent experiences with he process, or pitfalls/hurdles you have faced?
8) Anyone have stats on number of open positions/selection percentages for the last year?
If it does not violate forum rules, Im always happy to share contact info, chat by phone/email/LinkedIn